July 15–22, 2018
It is easy to talk about leadership—but at Gordon, you will put leadership to practice through developing real community projects as a team.
Elevate 2018 connects leadership philosophy with practical action. During the institute, students create plans to solve real-world problems. In the application phase, each student identifies a tangible need in his or her local church, school, or community and suggests a few practical strategies to address it. The Elevate admissions committee chooses a handful of these problems for students to tackle during Elevate. At the beginning of the program, students are placed in diverse small groups based on their StrengthsQuest survey results. Each group is assigned one of these problems and develops a long-term plan to address it. At the end of the program, each group presents their plan before a panel of judges. The most compelling, persuasive projects receive significant funding, which provides resources for students to bring their solutions to reality over the 2018–19 academic year.
"The fact that Elevate trusts high school students to seriously address social issues and is willing to give funds to those high school students' projects just blows me away. I truly feel more capable of changing the world now that I have attended Elevate than ever before. The peer groups at Elevate taught me so much about myself as a leader and a teammate. Because of Elevate, I have faith that God has given me all the talents I need to succeed and to make a positive impact upon the world."
—Ava Gaus '17 (Pompano Beach, FL)